It’s February, which means there is talk of love everywhere. Target has filled it’s aisles with hearts, and chocolate, and everyone is making plans with their loved ones, or with their closest single friends.
When I was in my early twenties, we would have Single Awareness parties, and go see romantic comedies. After the movie, we would inevitably talk about how dreamy the main man was, and how we hoped some day God would bring us our own prince. Disney really has ruined our perspective on what courting should look like! How many of you that are reading this were literally swept off your feet by your significant other? How many of you were rescued by your significant other? I’m sure there are stories you could tell, but for the majority of us, courtship was not a fairytale. It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t like the movies right?
I think a lot of times I look at Jesus like that as well, even though He literally did rescue me when no one else could. He literally died for me. John writes, “Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” (John 13:1b) Christ’s love was so deep that He was willing to sacrifice everything for us.
So as you thinking about Valentine’s day coming up, I would encourage you to think of your eternal valentine, who loved you to the end. While your significant other may love you immensely, and treat you like a princess this year, his love still won’t even come close to how much Christ’s love for you.
Spend some time listing some of Christ’s qualities and characteristics. If you are struggling to find some, check out Philippians. Spend some time praying, thanking Him for that love and sacrifice. Pray too that you can love others like He loves us today.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Look up some examples of Christ showing his love in other ways while He was physically here on Earth. What sticks out to you? Is it some way you might love others better this week?
- Pray for God to reveal if there is anyone you are struggling with to love right now. Ask God to reveal your sin in your heart and to change your heart.